Car and roadside bombs killed at least 43 people in cities and towns across Iraq on Tuesday, extending a spate of violence ahead of next week's Arab League summit in Baghdad.
The deadliest attack occurred in the
southern Shi'ite holy city of Kerbala, where twin explosions
killed 13 people and wounded 48. In the northern city of Kirkuk, a car bomb
exploded near a police headquarters, killing nine people and wounding
42, while in Baghdad, a car bomb near
the provincial council building killed four and wounded 11. Blasts
also occurred in Baiji, Samarra, Tuz Khurmato, Daquq and Dhuluiya, all
north of Baghdad, in Ramadi in the west, and Hilla, Latifiya and
Mahmudiya in the south. Police in
the northeastern city of Baquba said they had also found and defused
eight bombs and police in Falluja in the west said they had defused a
The toll from all the bombings stood at 43 killed and 232 wounded.
Monday evening, bombers struck five times in the northern province of
Diyala, killing at least three people and wounding more than 30, police
The Arab League summit is
due to be held in Baghdad on March 27-29, the first time Iraq will host
the event in more than 20 years.